As the United Nations debate on the Middle East continued on Wednesday (23 November), the attitudes of the various countries to President Sadat's visit to Israel have been made clear.
As the United Nations debate on the Middle East continued on Wednesday (23 November), the attitudes of the various countries to President Sadat's visit to Israel have been made clear. After an attack from the Syrian delegate on Tuesday (22 November), during which Egyptian Ambassador Esmat Abdel Meguid had walked out, it was the turn of Egypt to defend herself.
SYNOPSIS: For the most part the speeches emphasised the necessity for the rights of all parties, including the PLO and Israelis to be considered. Ambassador Dahn from India spoke first:
When Syrian Ambassador Mowaffak Allaf opened the debate on Tuesday, in his speech which caused Egyptian Ambassador Esmat Abdel Meguid to walk out, he said that President Sadat had stabbed the Arabs in the back. Outside Mr. Meguid had said that he was unhappy and sorry to hear such a speech from Syria's representative. he turned down his right of immediate reply to reserve his answer for Wednesday's speech. Ambassador Meguid told the General Assembly that Cairo stands by the Palestinian demands for an independent state and Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory.
Brushing aside the Syrian attack on President Sadat's initiative before the assembly yesterday, Mr. Meguid said that Egypt rises above slanders, and added that Egypt has fought in four Middle East wars. "Let us have a fifth battle for peace, the road to peace is now open." Mr. Meguid went on to warm the assembly that if the opportunity was not grasped the area will slide back into the dangers of war and destruction.